Before the season begins and gets hectic, let's take a moment to pause, reflect, and review the year past (hopefully a great one) and look forward to a year ahead (definitely, one that'll be great)... and read an inviting Christmas Poem. The author is unknown. I found it here.                                           
                                               T’was the day before Christmas,

but there was no cheer.
No jingle bells jingled, no sound of reindeer.
The word had gone out that Santa was sick.
There would be no visit from jolly St. Nick.

The people were sad; no gaiety sounded.
For Christmas had come,

but Santa was grounded.
He drove down the road,

and what should he see?
But a sign for a doctor, who was a D.C.

Now Santa was not one to like a new tactic,
But all else had failed, so he tried Chiropractic.
He entered the office and saw at a glance,
in a place such as this, illness hasn’t a chance.

The office staff smiled, the music was sappy,
with all of the patients contented and happy.
In a very short time, to judge by the clock,
he was in the adjusting room, talking to Doc.

It must be the hurry, the tension and all,
I simply can’t seem to get on the ball.
Life used to be easy;

just kids, toys and whistles,
now I dodge smog, spaceships and missiles.

And Doc, take a look at the size of this pack!
Have you any idea what it does to my back?
Poor Santa was miserable and just barely able,
with the help of the Doctor, to get on the table.

The Doctor was gentle;

without a fuss or a tussle
he examined the vertebrae

and relaxed every muscle.
He spotted trouble and then with a click,
started aligning the spine of old St. Nick.

Santa felt aches and pains slipping away
and in no time at all he began to feel gay.(really?)
The air was a tingle with new fallen snow
and a healthy Kris Kringle was rarin’ to go.

As he went out the door, he threw them a kiss;
why, it had been centuries

since he felt good as this!
Then once more he shouldered

the bag full of toys,
his heart overflowing with true Christmas joys.

It might not be the day before Christmas, but some of us, admittedly, are feeling the stress of the upcoming holiday.  While we are unwilling to neglect the shopping, the food preparation, and the beautiful gift wrapping, we must remember that our spine, the one we were born with that carries us through this Holiday and the next, must not be neglected.  What does that even mean? Stress, whether it's physical, mental, or emotional can impact the way the nervous system functions. Ever feel "tension" in your shoulders, smell something and get a "headache" instantly, hear unexpected news and "feel sick to your stomach"? Three different symptoms or feelings, yet one nervous system to take care of them, or not. 

Please, Remember your appointments, remember our bright faces ready to greet you, and remember our mission: To promote optimal health. We mean all year around. 

Merry Christmas! Have a safe and happy holiday.

 

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Does Posture Matter?

For as long as I can remember, I was told to  sit up straight and quit slouching by the adults in my life. I don't remember them saying WHY . Let's talk about why posture is so important for just a moment. First,  “Deviations in the body’s center of gravity caused poor posture, which resulted in intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, poor health, decreased quality of life, and a shortened lifespan. (1) 

Are you telling me that poor posture will diminish the quality of my life even down to how strong my bones are?   Check out the photo below.

Yes, Yes I am. 

Woodstock family chiropractic wrote about how depression and energy are affected and improved by postural changes and we agree! This is what they shared, "In the journal Biofeedback, a study found that simply choosing to alter body posture to a more upright position can improve mood and energy levels. The subjects walked down a hallway in a slouched position and then skipped down the hallway. The whole group reported slouched walking decreased energy levels while skipping increased energy. The participants were also asked to rate their general depression levels. Those generally more depressed noted far lower energy levels after slouched walking than those who were generally not experiencing depression."

Have you ever experienced anything of the symptoms of depression,  low energy,  intestinal problems, osteoporosis, including but not limited to a poor quality of health?

Can Chiropractic help with poor posture? 
Absolutely! This is really a chicken and egg conversation!? Posture is a window to the spine and nervous system as much as a malfunctioning spine and nervous system will be expressed in poor posture.  Whether it's the cause or the effect, it's our job to correct any areas of the spine that are mechanically challenged. These areas, as you may have been told, are where there is potential decreased nerve function. 

Please stop slouching and make sure your spine is taken care of! 

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(1)”Freeman JT., Posture in the Aging and Aged Body, JAMA 1957; 165(7), pp 843-846 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Stand up! Take Notice!

Research has taken aim at sitting, calling it a health hazard when done excessively, such as in the workplace. But when University of Toronto researchers analyzed data from government healthcare records, it was found that individuals who mainly stood while on the job had the highest risk of problems. Including such occupations as cashiers and machine operators, they found a higher rate of cardiovascular disease in those who mainly stand at their jobs.

"There are things like blood pooling in your legs, the venous return, the pressure on your body to pump blood back up to your heart from your legs, and that can increase your oxidated stress which can increase your risk of heart disease,” says Peter Smith, associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Because experts put a lifestyle of sitting too much in the bull’s eye of health risks, many people who instituted changes made themselves a target once again by an increase in standing.

The American Journal of Epidemiology has an article saying we’ve ignored the hazards of standing because research has been laser focused on the health risks of sitting. The article goes even further, casting doubt on studies linking sedentary occupations with heart disease. Research out of England, Scotland and Denmark report no relationship between the two, it says.

By contrast, an extended period of standing affects the cardiovascular system, and in some cases creates musculoskeletal pain also. They collected data on occupations that included mostly:

·         Sitting

·         Standing and/or walking

·         Combinations of sitting, standing, and walking

·         Other postures, such as bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching

The study found no elevated incidence of heart disease in any of the groups except those with excessive standing. Types of employment they classified in that group were retail sales clerks, customer service representatives, financial services, machine operators, cooks, and food and beverage servers.

“Occupations that involve primarily standing represent an important, but often overlooked, cardiovascular risk factor, one that is independent of other health, (socio-demographic), and labor-market characteristics,” the article concludes. “Efforts targeted toward reducing occupational standing should be considered.”

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If you’re already experiencing pain as a result of poor posture positioning at work, take aim at solving the problem -- stat. It may include helping your superiors understand the importance of making changes, and new research can provide you with the ammunition you need.

Looking at factors affecting the prognosis for patients with musculoskeletal pain, an analysis in the British Journal of General Practice says that individuals who wait to be treated are making symptoms harder to eliminate. Research from primary doctors shows that the intensity, duration and previous bouts of musculoskeletal pain affect the outcome.

They studied data from patients with musculoskeletal pain involving a wide range of origin with the aim of understanding those at greater risk of a poor outcome and, thus, offering more accurate prognoses.

“The likelihood of future episodes is higher in those with a previous history of attacks, and the longer pain and disability are established, the more likely they are to persist,” it says.

That means it’s time to move -- in more ways than one. If you stand too much at your job, it requires a conversation with the boss. But for treating the damage already done, you want to consult with a chiropractor.

A chiropractic practitioner can offer you postural and exercise education to minimize the symptoms from excessive standing, which may give you some firing power when confronting your superiors. (It’s possible the suits at work could use some ergonomic training, as well!)

Manipulative therapies applying pressure to areas of the spine associated with your pain can effectively reduce the suffering you experience from long periods spent in one postural position. And patients who receive spinal adjustments on a regular basis have a lower chance of locking in chronic pain patterns that can impede the healing process.

Clearly, more research is needed about health hazards of various occupational posturing -- standing, in particular. It would enable employees to become aware if their job requirements are causing physical harm and make some changes, if necessary. And more data means they’re less likely to miss the mark.

There’s new research about your health that may affect what you do at your job. You’d better sit down.

According to an article by the Canadian television network CBC, standing too much can cause health problems you may not be aware of.

Moving Target

Research has taken aim at sitting, calling it a health hazard when done excessively, such as in the workplace. But when University of Toronto researchers analyzed data from government healthcare records, it was found that individuals who mainly stood while on the job had the highest risk of problems. Including such occupations as cashiers and machine operators, they found a higher rate of cardiovascular disease in those who mainly stand at their jobs.

"There are things like blood pooling in your legs, the venous return, the pressure on your body to pump blood back up to your heart from your legs, and that can increase your oxidated stress which can increase your risk of heart disease,” says Peter Smith, associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Because experts put a lifestyle of sitting too much in the bull’s eye of health risks, many people who instituted changes made themselves a target once again by an increase in standing.

The American Journal of Epidemiology has an article saying we’ve ignored the hazards of standingbecause research has been laser focused on the health risks of sitting. The article goes even further, casting doubt on studies linking sedentary occupations with heart disease. Research out of England, Scotland and Denmark report no relationship between the two, it says.

By contrast, an extended period of standing affects the cardiovascular system, and in some cases creates musculoskeletal pain also. They collected data on occupations that included mostly:

·         Sitting

·         Standing and/or walking

·         Combinations of sitting, standing, and walking

·         Other postures, such as bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching

The study found no elevated incidence of heart disease in any of the groups except those with excessive standing. Types of employment they classified in that group were retail sales clerks, customer service representatives, financial services, machine operators, cooks, and food and beverage servers.

“Occupations that involve primarily standing represent an important, but often overlooked, cardiovascular risk factor, one that is independent of other health, (socio-demographic), and labor-market characteristics,” the article concludes. “Efforts targeted toward reducing occupational standing should be considered.”

Broken Arrow

If you’re already experiencing pain as a result of poor posture positioning at work, take aim at solving the problem -- stat. It may include helping your superiors understand the importance of making changes, and new research can provide you with the ammunition you need.

Looking at factors affecting the prognosis for patients with musculoskeletal pain, an analysis in the British Journal of General Practice says that individuals who wait to be treated are making symptoms harder to eliminate. Research from primary doctors shows that the intensity, duration and previous bouts of musculoskeletal pain affect the outcome.

They studied data from patients with musculoskeletal pain involving a wide range of origin with the aim of understanding those at greater risk of a poor outcome and, thus, offering more accurate prognoses.

“The likelihood of future episodes is higher in those with a previous history of attacks, and the longer pain and disability are established, the more likely they are to persist,” it says.

That means it’s time to move -- in more ways than one. If you stand too much at your job, it requires a conversation with the boss. But for treating the damage already done, you want to consult with a chiropractor.

A chiropractic practitioner can offer you postural and exercise education to minimize the symptoms from excessive standing, which may give you some firing power when confronting your superiors. (It’s possible the suits at work could use some ergonomic training, as well!)

Manipulative therapies applying pressure to areas of the spine associated with your pain can effectively reduce the suffering you experience from long periods spent in one postural position. And patients who receive spinal adjustments on a regular basis have a lower chance of locking in chronic pain patterns that can impede the healing process.

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Research has taken aim at sitting, calling it a health hazard when done excessively, such as in the workplace. But when University of Toronto researchers analyzed data from government healthcare records, it was found that individuals who mainly stood while on the job had the highest risk of problems. Including such occupations as cashiers and machine operators, they found a higher rate of cardiovascular disease in those who mainly stand at their jobs.

"There are things like blood pooling in your legs, the venous return, the pressure on your body to pump blood back up to your heart from your legs, and that can increase your oxidated stress which can increase your risk of heart disease,” says Peter Smith, associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Because experts put a lifestyle of sitting too much in the bull’s eye of health risks, many people who instituted changes made themselves a target once again by an increase in standing.

The American Journal of Epidemiology has an article saying we’ve ignored the hazards of standing because research has been laser focused on the health risks of sitting. The article goes even further, casting doubt on studies linking sedentary occupations with heart disease. Research out of England, Scotland and Denmark report no relationship between the two, it says.

By contrast, an extended period of standing affects the cardiovascular system, and in some cases creates musculoskeletal pain also. They collected data on occupations that included mostly:

·         Sitting

·         Standing and/or walking

·         Combinations of sitting, standing, and walking

·         Other postures, such as bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching

The study found no elevated incidence of heart disease in any of the groups except those with excessive standing. Types of employment they classified in that group were retail sales clerks, customer service representatives, financial services, machine operators, cooks, and food and beverage servers.

“Occupations that involve primarily standing represent an important, but often overlooked, cardiovascular risk factor, one that is independent of other health, (socio-demographic), and labor-market characteristics,” the article concludes. “Efforts targeted toward reducing occupational standing should be considered.”

Broken Arrow

If you’re already experiencing pain as a result of poor posture positioning at work, take aim at solving the problem -- stat. It may include helping your superiors understand the importance of making changes, and new research can provide you with the ammunition you need.

Looking at factors affecting the prognosis for patients with musculoskeletal pain, an analysis in the British Journal of General Practice says that individuals who wait to be treated are making symptoms harder to eliminate. Research from primary doctors shows that the intensity, duration and previous bouts of musculoskeletal pain affect the outcome.

They studied data from patients with musculoskeletal pain involving a wide range of origin with the aim of understanding those at greater risk of a poor outcome and, thus, offering more accurate prognoses.

“The likelihood of future episodes is higher in those with a previous history of attacks, and the longer pain and disability are established, the more likely they are to persist,” it says.

That means it’s time to move -- in more ways than one. If you stand too much at your job, it requires a conversation with the boss. But for treating the damage already done, you want to consult with a chiropractor.

A chiropractic practitioner can offer you postural and exercise education to minimize the symptoms from excessive standing, which may give you some firing power when confronting your superiors. (It’s possible the suits at work could use some ergonomic training, as well!)

Manipulative therapies applying pressure to areas of the spine associated with your pain can effectively reduce the suffering you experience from long periods spent in one postural position. And patients who receive spinal adjustments on a regular basis have a lower chance of locking in chronic pain patterns that can impede the healing process.

Clearly, more research is needed about health hazards of various occupational posturing -- standing, in particular. It would enable employees to become aware if their job requirements are causing physical harm and make some changes, if necessary. And more data means they’re less likely to miss the mark.

There’s new research about your health that may affect what you do at your job. You’d better sit down.

According to an article by the Canadian television network CBC, standing too much can cause health problems you may not be aware of.

Moving Target

Research has taken aim at sitting, calling it a health hazard when done excessively, such as in the workplace. But when University of Toronto researchers analyzed data from government healthcare records, it was found that individuals who mainly stood while on the job had the highest risk of problems. Including such occupations as cashiers and machine operators, they found a higher rate of cardiovascular disease in those who mainly stand at their jobs.

"There are things like blood pooling in your legs, the venous return, the pressure on your body to pump blood back up to your heart from your legs, and that can increase your oxidated stress which can increase your risk of heart disease,” says Peter Smith, associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Because experts put a lifestyle of sitting too much in the bull’s eye of health risks, many people who instituted changes made themselves a target once again by an increase in standing.

The American Journal of Epidemiology has an article saying we’ve ignored the hazards of standingbecause research has been laser focused on the health risks of sitting. The article goes even further, casting doubt on studies linking sedentary occupations with heart disease. Research out of England, Scotland and Denmark report no relationship between the two, it says.

By contrast, an extended period of standing affects the cardiovascular system, and in some cases creates musculoskeletal pain also. They collected data on occupations that included mostly:

·         Sitting

·         Standing and/or walking

·         Combinations of sitting, standing, and walking

·         Other postures, such as bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching

The study found no elevated incidence of heart disease in any of the groups except those with excessive standing. Types of employment they classified in that group were retail sales clerks, customer service representatives, financial services, machine operators, cooks, and food and beverage servers.

“Occupations that involve primarily standing represent an important, but often overlooked, cardiovascular risk factor, one that is independent of other health, (socio-demographic), and labor-market characteristics,” the article concludes. “Efforts targeted toward reducing occupational standing should be considered.”

Broken Arrow

If you’re already experiencing pain as a result of poor posture positioning at work, take aim at solving the problem -- stat. It may include helping your superiors understand the importance of making changes, and new research can provide you with the ammunition you need.

Looking at factors affecting the prognosis for patients with musculoskeletal pain, an analysis in the British Journal of General Practice says that individuals who wait to be treated are making symptoms harder to eliminate. Research from primary doctors shows that the intensity, duration and previous bouts of musculoskeletal pain affect the outcome.

They studied data from patients with musculoskeletal pain involving a wide range of origin with the aim of understanding those at greater risk of a poor outcome and, thus, offering more accurate prognoses.

“The likelihood of future episodes is higher in those with a previous history of attacks, and the longer pain and disability are established, the more likely they are to persist,” it says.

That means it’s time to move -- in more ways than one. If you stand too much at your job, it requires a conversation with the boss. But for treating the damage already done, you want to consult with a chiropractor.

A chiropractic practitioner can offer you postural and exercise education to minimize the symptoms from excessive standing, which may give you some firing power when confronting your superiors. (It’s possible the suits at work could use some ergonomic training, as well!)

Manipulative therapies applying pressure to areas of the spine associated with your pain can effectively reduce the suffering you experience from long periods spent in one postural position. And patients who receive spinal adjustments on a regular basis have a lower chance of locking in chronic pain patterns that can impede the healing process.

Clearly, more research is needed about health hazards of various occupational posturing -- standing, in particular. It would enable employees to become aware if their job requirements are causing physical harm and make some changes, if necessary. And more data means they’re less likely to miss the mark. 

This information and more can be found at: https://www.thejoint.com/2017/11/06/stand-and-take-notice-sitting-may-not-be-your-biggest-health-problem

Scary Subluxations!

Whatever your beliefs about halloween, one thing is for sure, subluxation is a “scary” condition to think about.

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Why would I make such a bold statement?

Let’s talk about health first. The World Health Organization defines health as: "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Go ahead and google it.

It takes more than “I feel fine”, “I’m not sick”, “I don’t have symptoms” to be in a state of health. For most people to reach an optimum level of health they’re lacking a spine and nervous system check.

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Let’s address the damaging effects of subluxations first. The science can get pretty complicated, so let’s keep it simple. If you were to flip random switches off in the fuse box to your home, you wouldn’t be surprised that whatever is powered by those fuses, don’t work. You flip the switch the power comes back. The concept of a subluxation is similar. The weight of a dime on a spinal nerve will decrease the function of that nerve by up to 60% by decreasing the brain’s ability to communicate with whatever it’s connected to. How well would you complete a task with only 40% of the information that’s required to complete it? So maybe it’s not a complete fuse switched off – but 60% is significant. What’s more to consider is the fact that not every nerve in our body carries pain related information. What if the nerve with the decreased power supply is going to a kidney, the spleen, the pancreas, or the large intestines? What kind of conditions might result?

Check out the chart below (it was found here):

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We aren’t parts and pieces. We approach our health like we approach a mechanic regarding our car. It’s important that we look at how our bodies are wired to work together to maintain homeostasis.  If we take a pill, potion, or lotion, cut out what hurts, replace with metal, our body learns to adapt, but it doesn’t address why it’s not healing. Chiropractic addresses the nervous system, which address’s the body’s capacity to heal.

So yes, the damaging effects of subluxation are scary. They can be, but they don’t have to be. Schedule an appointment today to ensure you are functioning at 100%. There are several different ways a D.C. is able to determine if you’re subluxated. It doesn’t take long. It may be one of the most important first visits of your life. Don’t worry, others have gone before. Please, check out our reviews!

 

 

 

Changing lives, one child's spine at a time.

What is changing the outcome of someone's life worth? Can we put a price tag on something like this? The reality is that most people raise their children with the best intentions. When they find their child faces a health crisis, they turn to a system that sends them to multiple appointments and sometimes they find little relief. Unfortunately, the possibility of a cure can't be promised but becomes the carrot dangled in front of a desperate, tired, concerned parent. How many children suffer endlessly with ear infections, nasal congestion, adenoid problems, speech difficulties, developmental delays, and behavioral concerns, statistically, though I don't have the numbers, we can all be certain is more than we'd like. What about a child that suffers from ALL of these health concerns? 

Is a cure possible? Can symptoms decrease enough to change their life? Does it have to involve medication? What about chiropractic care?

In 11 visits, chiropractic care was able to address these concerns in a 4 year old. Specifically, the "patient’s re-evaluation with ENT physician revealed resolution of otitis media with effusion, adenoid hypertrophy, nasal congestion, hearing loss and improvement of speech, development, and behavior. Patient had improved intervertebral motion in the upper cervical and upper thoracic spine." 

Though this is simply a case study, the outcomes were simply achieved but changed the complex symptoms and the life of a child tremendously. 

"I thought chiropractic care was just for back and neck pain." Don't worry, we've heard that too. We know better because these are the positive-life changing- benefits of having a healthy spine and nervous system taken care of by a well-trained-well-educated-giving doctor of chiropractic. You can find us here

Want to read the case study for yourself? Please, click here.

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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How do we heal and repair?

To save you some time, perhaps, a lifetime of time, start getting regular chiropractic care now, if you don't already. Don't wait for your friends and family to figure it out on their own after all you are reaping the benefits of a best kept secret. 

Chiropractic care is not for low back pain or neck pain. Chiropractic care isn't even for headaches or allergies, though all of the above symptoms have been noted to either relieve or go away entirely following a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care is so much more than an adjustment for pain and symptoms. In depth research regarding chiropractic care and DNA shows increased levels with only 2 years of regular care. In just 2 1/2 years of regular chiropractic care, not only are serum thiol levels at a normal level, but they are higher than what's scientifically considered normal.

What is serum thiol and why is it important to me?   

 

Believe it or not, serum thiol is what DNA utilizes to heal and repair damaged cells in the body. The NIH (National Institute of Health) published an article stating that decreased level of serum thiol is synonymous with a diagnosis of an active disease. Increasing serum thiol literally allows the body to heal an active disease process. When studied and researched in the chiropractic field, three different techniques show the same outcome. Therefore, one can deduce that as the body ages and cells are replicated from a diseased state, if they are able to heal and replicate from a healed or healthier state, one does not following the current accepted model of heath in society. Are we supposed to grow old with disease? How come some people age and live to 100 or more without disease? Is it possible that Chiropractors are on to something?  We know so. It's not just about the back bone, it's about the nervous systems ability to help the body heal on a DNA-cellular Level. Nothing says fountain of youth like having the DNA to deal with the damage of life... and Chiropractic to get it there.

The best part... we do it right here.

National Institute of Health Article can be found here.
Chiropractic Research on Serum Thiol levels found here.
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Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Stress

A lack of sleep and other issues like anxiety, depression, illness, and other issues can be a result of stress. It's difficult to feel as if there is an option out of stress, but there is. Many people find relief when they visit the chiropractor. Some people report that it's difficult for them to do every day things without feeling the effects of stress on their lives.  Reporting back pain, neck pain, shoulder tension, upper back stiffness, headaches, migraines, and a lack of energy often results from experiencing stress. 

It's common knowledge that a chiropractic adjustment reduces muscle tension, restores normal range of motion,  decreases muscle strain and tightness, and restores function to the body.

Not only are the physical benefits worth the visit, but most chiropractic offices are welcoming places of relaxation and a positive environment. It's not uncommon for patients to look forward to their visit just to stay hi to staff! 

It's important to us that you know we offer an adjustment that reduces physical tension and an environment that helps reduce mental and emotional stress.  Stress doesn't have to effect you to the point you have physical complaints because we're here, but it if does, don't hesistate to call us! 

 

Tips for backpack safety

Tip #1: Start with a lightweight backpack.

Make sure the backpack is made of a lightweight but durable material.

Tip #2: Make sure the shoulder straps are wide and padded.

Wide, padded straps provide support and prevent the straps from becoming too tight. Your child’s straps should be snug, but not so tight that they cause discomfort.

Tip #3: The back should also be padded.

Padding that sits against your child’s back will provide additional support and prevent discomfort.

Tip #4: Look for a backpack with a waist strap.

A waist strap holds the contents closer to your child’s back, which can help him or her maintain balance.

Tip #5: Multiple compartments are a plus.

If your child’s backpack has multiple compartments, it will be easier to evenly distribute the weight of the items inside. The heaviest items should be packed low and toward the center of the bag.

Tip #6: Both straps should be worn at all times.

Make sure your child is always wearing both straps. Wearing both straps can also help distribute the weight more evenly and prevent your child from leaning to one side, which can cause pain in the neck, back, or shoulders. It also makes losing his or her balance less likely.

Tip #7: Do not overload!

Your child’s backpack should weight no more than 15 percent of his or her total body weight. Anything more can force children to slouch or hunch to compensate for the extra weight. Remove any items that are unnecessary, and encourage your children to carry heavier items in their arms, if possible.

If your child complains of back pain or discomfort, be sure to take a look at what is in his or her backpack. Encourage your child to carry his or her backpack according to the steps above. Backpacks with wheels are also an option for children experiencing discomfort. If pain persists, it is recommended you follow up with your child’s doctor.

For more information, please visit the kids’ page for backpack safety

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What can Chiropractic Care do your your Child?

In an article written by the ICPA4Kids organization, several benefits of Chiropractic care are made clear. Please spend a few moments and check the benefits out!

Chiropractic’s purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. When that power is unleashed the healing that results may be profound.

Today we find more parents bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health concerns we’re all familiar with: colds, sore throats, ear infections, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, pains, falls, stomach-aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.

Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease

It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. It’s purpose is to reduce spinal nerve stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies. Spinal nerve stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.

When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and all the other stresses he/she comes in contact with more efficiently.

So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of spinal nerve stress, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.

What Exactly Is Nerve Stress?

Spinal nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation complex, or “pinched nerves”) is a misalignment or distortion of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and outlying or peripheral nerves). Since the nervous system controls the function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.

How Is Spinal Stress Caused?

Spinal nerve stress can be caused by physical, chemical and/or emotional stress. Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby lying in a distorted or twisted manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is more common than previously realized. This may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis. Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve system.

How Does the Chiropractor Reduce Spinal Nerve Stress?

This is accomplished first by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments.

Using his/her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct those abnormal areas, the spine and cranium regain their intended state of balance and the nerve system is freed from stress.

It’s All About Function!

Today’s parents are more concerned than ever about the adverse effects drugs have on their children. Parents are increasingly asking, when handed a prescription for a child’s recurrent problem, “Is this really all I can do for my child? Is there a safer alternative?”

Parents are hesitant to merely mask symptoms with drugs and are worried about side effects. Their desire to achieve a state of true health—has led parents to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy.

Chiropractic care is one such option. All children function better with 100% nerve function. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential. Chiropractic care for children is safe, gentle and effective. It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being.

http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/what-can-chiropractic-do-for-your-child/All-Pages.html

Panic Attacks and the Chiropractic Adjustment: A Case Report

It may just be a case study, but it's a great place to start. Many people suffer from panic attacks, especially chronic panic attacks. Even though she had been prescribed medication, she saw no relief. Following her adjustments it was noted that her panic attacks decreased and she experienced positive changes in blood pressure.

An excerpt from the case study:
"A 52-year-old female diagnosed with chronic panic attacks. She had been prescribed a variety of antidepressants and tranquilizers over the years, as well as undergoing counseling and relaxation training - all to no benefit. Chiropractic examination revealed areas of upper and mid cervical, upper and mid thoracic and right sacroiliac fixations. The patient's blood pressure would read 182/102 mm Hg and her pulse rate 120 beats per minute during an attack. Her blood pressure would drop to 140/80 and her pulse to 76 beats per minute four minutes after the adjustment. She had been free of panic attacks for more than two months which is the best she had been in years in spite of the fact that her M.D. cut her Xanax dosage in half after she began chiropractic care. "

Potthoff S. Penwell B, Wolf J.   ACA J of Chiropractic, 1993 (December) 30:26-28.